Ballomar is first mentioned by Cassius Dio as conducting peace talks with the governor of Pannonia Superior, Marco Iallio Basso Fabio Valeriano, following the breakthrough of the limes by his allies the Germanic Lombards and Ubii. Ballomar led the great invasion of Italy by a coalition of Germanic tribes in 167-70 AD, which was the first time a hostile force had entered Italy since the Cimbri of Boiorix during the Cimbrian War. Ballomar defeated a force of 20,000 Roman soldiers near Carnontum, destroyed Opitergium (Oderzo) and besieged Aquilea.
- Cassius Dio, Historia romana, Books LXXII & LXXIII
- The column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome, which depict Ballomar
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